For some time now I have thought I would monetize my little business by selling downloadable embroidery designs and printable appliques and just toss out a book or a quilt or two for sale every now and then.
I have been working very hard in recent weeks on rebuilding my website, setting up an online shop, and trying to figure out how to place an Amazon associates button on the sidebar in this blog…all designed to bring me a little money so I can keep on making show quilts and writing blogs.
I have a new plan, which I have just put into action. I have discovered if I do the downloadable items they will absorb all my time and I don’t enjoy making them like I enjoy making show quilts or writing how-to books and this blog. Besides, I don’t think ultimately they will bring in enough to pay me for those hours of work I don’t much enjoy.
So if you click to my main website link at the top of this post, you will find several things there: my gallery of all my main quilts (it runs a little slowly at the moment…I’m working on that), my bio, my current projects list, a list of national/international shows, and a link to my shop. Take the tour. I have four quilts currently for sale on my new little shop. There will be more in the future, along with my books and I may have some other things from time to time.
My new plan is this..1) Make show quilts designed to sell, 2) Show quilts in a couple of shows and get them appraised in their third show 3) By the third show I can generally tell whether it is going to win ribbons or not, so at this point I will start offering it for sale at another couple of shows and on my new little store. If I somehow miraculously make a big winning quilt, I will probably not sell that one…just keep entering it as long as possible in other shows and use it for trunk shows.
In addition to the quilts, I will continue to write and test the projects in my books and the first of those will be out by the end of October…in time for Christmas…if I possibly can do this. My son David is going to publish them through his small press “Fennec Fox Press” (the other link at the top of the blog). In other words…I’m more or less self publishing them, and they will be available on Amazon.
I’m getting help on putting the Amazon associates button on this blog, since I haven’t been able to get that to work yet. That is where I will recommend the products I have found work best for my techniques and if you click through the button to buy the products I will get a small percentage of the profit. It may not be much, but every little bit helps and it is a way I can help you to find the products too.
Hopefully, this plan will enable me to bring in a little supplemental income so I can go to shows, buy machines when needed, keep my supplies well stocked, and pay for unexpected items like dentists or home repairs.
It’s a plan. We’ll see how it works. Wish me well in this endeavor.
Sew happy everyone! Cheers.